Cleburne BOE approves additional pay for teachers to maintain new computers
by Laura Camper
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The Cleburne County school board on Monday voted to give eight teachers a $1,700 annual supplement to maintain the district’s new stock of computers.

The eight teachers — one at each school in the district — will stay after school to maintain the computers. According to Superintendent Claire Dryden, the system did something similar three years ago and brought the project back this year as part of its effort to provide computers for every student.

In July, the board approved $75,000 technology project that included Chromebook computers for teachers, two mobile computer labs for students and the installation of a wireless network for the district. School officials hope to issue a laptop to each student in grades seven through 12 next year.

“We’re going more towards computers,” Dryden said. “We’ll need more help.”

The eight teachers, called school technicians, are Bridgette Pullen, Keith Lambert, Owen Yarbrough, Stephanie Ashley, Amanda Johnson, Hope Langley, Jamie Smith and Chrissy Burke.

The board also voted on several personnel matters, including three resignations, two new hires, one transfer and a one-year leave of absence.

Dryden said the board typically deals with such staffing adjustments at the beginning of each school year. Over the summer, many educators leave for opportunities elsewhere, she said.

The school system scheduled another meeting for today at 6:30 p.m. to hire for more vacant positions. In addition, it is currently advertising for teachers who may be hired to reduce some class sizes, she said. Dryden won’t know for three weeks whether or how many teachers the system may need to hire, she said. But the system is advertising in advance so that students will have to spend as little time as possible in overcrowded classrooms, she said.

The board approved the following personnel changes during Monday’s meeting:

Resignations:

• Rebecca Forney, special education instructional aide at Cleburne County Middle School

• Trevor Kribbs, social studies teacher at Ranburne High School

• Tajuana Gossage, prekindergarten teacher at Pleasant Grove Elementary School

New hires:

• Jason Bono as social studies teacher at Ranburne High School

• Martha Herren as special education instructional aide at Cleburne County Elementary School

Other changes:

• A one-year leave of absence for Judy Gossage, child nutrition program worker at Cleburne County High School.

• Transfer of special education instructional aide/bus aide Kristi Lines from Cleburne County Elementary School to Cleburne County Middle School.

• Allowing Ty Runels to act as volunteer coach at Ranburne High School and to extend Child Nutrition Program worker Bill Bailey’s contract to Dec. 31.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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